Holidays are very VERY near, which means travel. Most of us travel to be with our family and friends during the holiday season, whether it be by bus, train, or plane.
Spending a ton on luggage doesn’t necessarily mean you get more. What you need to look for is the quality of the luggage for the price. We’ve all heard or experienced having a bag rip, tear, or break just when we need it the most. BUT I’ve been testing out the Atlantic Luggage Compass 2 21” Spinner.
This carry-on comes in two colors- black and cranberry. I ended up getting the black one, and have definitely fallen in love with this amazing suitcase. It has everything I need, want, and more! It is so spacious and beautiful.
Do YOU know what to look for when it comes to great luggage? If not, Ms. Jess is here to help you out on that one! Here are the things you need to look for (no matter what it LOOKS like):
Durability & Weight:
You want to make sure that your luggage isn’t made of a cheap fabric that is going to split or tear up after using it just a few times. The reason I love the Compass Spinner is because it is made of high-sheen polyester.
This type of fabric renders a phenomenal resistance to normal wear and tear. It’s nice to have a bag that I know is going to combat the punishment that traveling can give bags.
I love that this bag isn’t only durable but it’s SO lightweight, even when it’s packed completely down with stuff. No matter where I’m going, I don’t want to be held down with heavy luggage that takes all my strength to pick up or pull behind me. This is the perfect weight for picking up, rolling, and storing.
Size & Compartments:
You don’t want to go too small when you’re choosing your luggage. You also need to make sure that is has plenty of extra compartments for your smaller items that you don’t want floating around in your main compartment.
I love that the main compartment has tons of room. As a woman, I love to pack several extra pairs of clothes (just in case). It also has buckles to keep everything in it’s place while I’m rolling this beauty behind me.
I love the detailed checked inside fabric in the pretty light blue. (Which has the matching zippers and storage places). The main compartment has 2 storage places to keep extras. The extra picture you see up top comes with a garment bag. This is to store an important business suit, or dress & shoes for the wedding. I love it.
The other storage place is right beside my clothes, which I use for bra’s, panties, and socks. You can put whatever you want in there- razors, brushes, extra makeup, wallets, ties or belts. It’s big enough for anything to fit without causing bulge.
Large zippered front pocket provides storage for 17” laptop with no problem. I even have room to tuck the cord in at the bottom. I am rarely seen without my laptop, so I was grateful that it could slide in and zip without it being too snug.
If you don’t feel like packing your laptop, this could be the pocket for your newspaper, magazines, presentation folder, or sweater. It’s a really deep pocket and I love it!
Second front pocket provides quick access to a wallet, passport, iPod®, keys and airline tickets. I used it for quick access to my tablet and book so I don’t get bored while traveling. This is a very roomy front pocket.
For convenience rolling suitcases you first need to make sure your wheels aren’t going to fly off at the worst moment EVER. They need to be sturdy and actually rotate the way you need them to.
You also need to check to see if they have wheel guards. This protects the wheels when you’re actually in the middle of traveling, so they aren’t damaged or broken. These wheels not only have coverings, but they have skid guards as well.
It has larger wheels on the back than in the front. This makes those really fast twists and turns easy without the wheels getting stuck. It switches easily from being pulled beside me, to being pulled behind me. I never feel like it’s going to run over me (too close) or is too far behind me.
You want to make sure that the zippers on the bag are strong. You don’t want to end up with broken zippers or zippers that don’t end up touching all the way, leaving gaps.
If you tend to over-pack or you travel frequently, you know how much of a beating a zipper can eventually take. Having a suitcase with a messed up zipper can be worse than you think. If your zipper pull breaks off- it makes it hard to access your belongings quickly. You’ll have to manually push it to get it to zip.
That’s the reason I love that these zippers are very capable of handling the banging, bashing, and colliding with other suitcases or direct contact with trunks and storage spaces. They have a long zipper pull, so they are easy to grasp without my fingers slipping off.
The absolute (hands down) best thing about this zipper is that it comes with a lock. I am super paranoid about people stealing my stuff, so this was a giant plus for me. The main compartments zippers meet directly (with a loop on each side) and you just snap your lock into place.
Telescoping handle, with stops at 38" and 41" retracts into protective handle bezel; Having the right size handles can mean everything! I love that this handle is so easy to adjust to the size I need/want it.
This handle is good and comfortable. It feels rubber grip like so it’s easy to grab and go when you need to. Whether you’re short, tall, or just medium height- this can fit comfortably to your height without any issues!
This also comes with a clip! This clip allows you to safely add another bag to this one for quick access. I love everything about this bag and it’s definitely going to get tons of use from me!
This would be the perfect gift for a family or friend that travels a lot!
BUY IT: You can buy this Atlantic Luggage Compass 2 21” Spinner in 2 color choices for only $99.99!
Disclosure: This isn’t a sponsored post, products were sent for review purposes only. The opinions in this post are completely honest and not influenced in any way.